Ex-NFL player accused of assault suspended from coaching job

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A former Carolina Panther football player accused of assaulting a woman has been suspended from his job as a Charlotte Catholic High School assistant football coach.

The Charlotte Observer reports school athletics director Kevin Christmas says employment status of 46-year-old Frank Garcia will be addressed later this month at a meeting with school Principal Kurt Telford.

The Observer says Garcia will not be returning to his job as a sports-talk radio host. Garcia hasn't been on the "Garcia and Bailey" show on Charlotte's WFNZ-AM station since the Dec. 8 assault. Garcia says the station would let him know "what was taking place."

Garcia is charged with simple assault and is set to appear in court next month.

Garcia played with the Panthers from 1995 to 2000, the Rams, 2001-02, and the Cardinals, 2003.

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Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com

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